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Don’t  be afraid to share your faith!

Posted on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Acts 18:9 “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.”

One of the ways people are characterized is whether they are a “quiet person” or an “outspoken person”.  No matter which phrase describes you, our verse for this week applies to you.

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As a Christian you are to speak about your faith.  That does not mean that you have to stand up and preach a sermon or share your faith in front of hundreds of people.  Some of the best sharings of faith happen 1-1 or in small groups.

Think of the opportunity many of you have on a daily basis as you interact with those whom we serve in our ministry and their families.  There are not many jobs where you not only have the opportunity, but are actually encouraged to live and share your faith. So, “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.”.  Think about the opportunities which God gives you and then find ways to speak and share your faith!

There is no denying it that there are times where sharing your faith is a challenging task.  You may have to speak about Jesus to an audience who is hostile or opposed to the Gospel message you are trying to share.  The very same Savior who gave us the command to speak also told us this: “On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:18-20). 

Notice the underlined words. What a promise!  God promises us that when he puts us in an opportunity to share him and his Word, he will equip us with what to say.  I can tell you from personal experience how true that is.  I can recall being with a family who had just experienced an unbelievable tragedy and was questioning why God had allowed their loved one to be so suddenly and horribly killed and were even “mad at God”.  My words did not come off too polished or necessarily easy to say, but I’ve seen first-hand how God does give us the words to say when he puts us in the situation to speak about him.

One more thing to think about as you consider how to “not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent”.  Like many other things in life it is much better if you prepare yourself ahead of time because you do not necessarily know when the opportunity will present itself.  Such “preparation” for sharing your faith comes through reading your Bible, praying for God to give you the strength and then trusting his promise.

God bless you as you “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.”!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.